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Around The Town With Lou: July 10, 2014

Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, a graduate of Adelphi, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 60 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

The John S. DaVanzo Community Pool is its official name. It bears this name because John is the man chiefly responsible for the facility’s existence. It was he who raised the funds and was the chairman of the pool board. It was fitting that his daughters, Judy and Mary, came to this year’s opening day ceremonies. Mayor Scott Strauss, remembers many happy summers at the pool. The Recreation Department is headed by Marie De Sousa and Dan Kopetic is the director. Jay Monaco is the chairman of the pool board and the other members are Rich Maher, Mary Ann Langone, Pat Strauss, Ken Solosky and me.

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Jim Agnew was riding his bike and he said when he lived in his native Ireland he couldn’t afford a car and used a bike. Now he rides it for fun.

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Third Precinct cop Joe Hughes was keeping the crowd in line when members of Corpus Christi Parish carried the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance around the block.

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Bill Donohue, head of the Catholic League, was at Mass that day. He seems like an easygoing Irishman but if he feels that the church is being attacked he gets tough.

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James Petrowski, head usher at the church, worked in the financial department of Winthrop Hospital for 12 years. He lives on Elm Place.

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Dennis and Dorrine Moresso used to live in Mineola but now live in North Carolina. He is in the rug cleaning business.

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Ann Benedict teaches English and literature at Nassau Community College. She resides on Clinton Avenue and has been here for 17 years.

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John Wheeler, of Royal Avenue, works on Wall Street. He was born in the village 48 years ago.

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Custodio Cerqueira is in lawn maintenance. He and Maria come from Albertson.

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Sheila Rettaliata, that lady who can dance and sing so well and owns a company called “Best Foot Forward” says, “I am my business.” She is a cabaret producer and is in charge of entertainment for the Mineola Street Fair.

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Dave Keefe is the president of AARP. Dave taught social studies at Hempstead High. He and Rosemary have a house on Brown Street.

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Frank Syracuse worked for Pan Am. Remember them? Later, he was a code enforcer for the village and then worked at the Wyndham Apartments in Garden City. He and his late wife, Virginia, lived on Wellington Road.

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Pat Tobin, a member of the choir at Corpus Christi, likes to shop at King Kullen.

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Joan McCarthy is a literacy volunteer at our library.

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Eileen Kelly has lived here for 17 years. You can still hear the lilt of County Mayo when she talks. She and Gary live on Roselle Street. They have four kids, Darren, Owen, Ava and Michael.

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We lost a fine man with the death of Bill DaVanzo. A great head of Public Works, a fine trustee and a great friend.

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Jack Farley goes to Nassau Community College, studying communications. He hopes to become a film critic.

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Carmen Lino lives on Washington Avenue. She really enjoys the Mineola Pool.

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John and Alice Squeri have a home on Pershing Parkway. John worked in electronics. He is an usher at Corpus Christi.


Jaclynn Demas always loved film and television. She dreamed of having a hand in its creative process. and wanted to shape the moving image. The East Williston resident’s obsession paid off after taking home a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program last month as producer of PBS KIDS’ Peg + Cat.


“I’ve loved TV and was a movie buff since I was a little kid,” she said. “All I’ve ever wanted to do was make films. I was just upset at how things were made. When I got older, I took a lot of courses in TV and video production.”


After graduating Hicksville High School in 1998, Demas, 34, attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., majoring in mass communications, specifying in film and television production.

$100K donation for Life’s WORC

In recognition of the superior care her daughter Marjorie Levine of Albertson, received, the late Elsie Levine, formerly of Great Neck, has bequeathed $100,000 to Life’s WORC. The recently deceased

Levine was an ardent advocate for those suffering from developmental disabilities. According to her daughter Cathy Levine, Elsie Levine turned her grief and pain into action and this gift demonstrates the gratitude and peace of mind Life’s WORC provided for her entire family.


“My mother had overwhelmingly positive feelings about the care my sister received through Life’s WORC,” added Cathy Levine. “Life’s WORC represented the dawn of giving those with special needs a life and an opportunity to reach their potential.”


Hurricanes Fall To Saints

Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.

The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.

The Mineola 12U intramural team opened its summer season against the East Williston Wildcats at the Willis Avenue field complex in Mineola on Monday, July 7.


East Williston jumped out to an early 3-0 lead due to some Mineola miscues and timely hitting. Mineola starting pitcher Kenny Solosky was strong, allowing only two hits, four strikeouts and one walk.

Mineola began their push back when Zach Buongiovanni crushed a solo home run onto the railroad tracks, just missing a passing train.


Solosky, Jordan Sandler (game winning walk-off single), Phil LaPierre, Kieran O’Gara, Patrick Solosky, Zach Buongiovanni (2 RBIs) and Vin Othman all contributed an RBI in a balanced hitting attack.

Andrew Geagher made a nice defensive play in the shortstop hole at short throwing out the runner by a step. Matt Pardo also made a nice grab off the centerfield wall holding the East Williston player to a double.


Leisure Club Opportunity - July 16

Green Meadows Farm - July 17

Movie Night In The Park - July 18


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